Our mission is to reduce and ultimately eliminate the unnecessary killing of homeless adoptable animals in Moore County and elsewhere in North Carolina by rescuing animals from public “kill” facilities; providing superior care at our facility through extensive socialization techniques, thorough behavioral assessment and comprehensive veterinary services; and locating suitable permanent homes primarily through local adoption initiatives.
The Farley Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 animal rescue organization, was founded in 2014 by John and Betsy Ficarro, residents of Pinehurst, North Carolina. It is named in memory of their first shelter dog “Sir Farley of Pinehurst” who was rescued minutes before being euthanized at a North Carolina county animal shelter in 2005. “Farley,” a certified therapy dog and all-around special character, passed away in August 2013.
Mr. and Mrs. Ficarro have supported a number of local and national animal welfare organizations for several years through their substantial volunteer work and financial contributions. John Ficarro, a retired corporate attorney from New York, has routinely provided pro bono legal services and other support while Betsy Ficarro, originally from Ohio, has given considerable time and resources working with these groups to provide animal care and promote adoptions. She is a retired senior flight attendant and most recently was the Volunteer Coordinator at the Animal Center of Moore County, North Carolina.
The Farley Foundation operates in association with and receives considerable “in-kind” assistance from: (i) Jim Dickenson and Debbie Adoree, owners of Seven Lakes Kennels in Seven Lakes, NC who have donated the use of 20 large kennels adjacent to their boarding facility; (ii) Michael and Caroline Ivey, principals of Loyel Media in Pinehurst, NC, who donate their time and expertise to maintain our web site as well as provide media-related support; and (iii) Dana Brigman, owner and operator of K9 Coach of the Carolinas in Rockingham, NC, who donates her time and significant experience as a dog trainer and behavioral expert to help assess and rehabilitate many Farley dogs.